Romantic Attractions in Suva, Fiji

Romantic Attractions in Suva, Fiji

by Kimberly Sharpe

The Fiji Islands are comprised of more than 300 distinct islands. The city of Suva, on the island of Viti Levu, serves as the capital and is home to almost half of the country's population. The region boasts a tropical rain forest climate, pristine beaches and exotic vistas, which makes it an ideal year-round location for a romantic getaway. When the sun begins to set, Suva comes alive with a bustling nightlife.

Shopping

A romantic stroll through the city of Suva is an ideal way for many to spend their day. Suva is a good city to walk because it is filled with numerous vendors that sit in close proximity to each to other. Victoria Parade, Cumming Street and Marks Street are lined with street merchants offering crafts. jewelry, clothing and electronics. From October to November, merchants offer a wide variety of tropical fruits. You can choose from coconuts, papayas, pineapples and bananas. Local vegetables to sample include the dalo, cassava and vudi. Government-run stores also dot the area and offer high-quality goods at fixed prices. Such locations sell the well-known, romantic black pearls from Savusavu Bay.

Diving Adventures

Fiji has the reputation of being one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world. You can opt to embark on a guided dive trip where you can explore underwater grottoes, caves and shipwrecks. Both hard and soft coral beds abound with a diverse array of colorful tropical fish. Professional dive operators have multilingual instructors that help people of all skill levels enjoy the diving experience. The companies offer scuba gear, tanks, weights and snorkeling equipment for rent.

Outdoor and Indoor Attractions

The Colo-I-Suva Forest Park has crystal-clear waterfalls that gently flow into a pool that attracts swimmers. Upper pools also exist where people enjoy the warm waters. There is an old-fashioned rope swing where brave-at-heart visitors swing out over the waterfalls to drop into the lower pool. About five miles of walking trails intersperse the park. Bird-watching enthusiasts may catch glimpses of Fiji's native birds such as the scarlet robin, Fiji warbler, spotted fantail and the golden doves. After a bit of fun in the sun, consider taking a stroll through the Fiji Museum(fijimuseum.org.fj). Surrounded by a diverse botanical garden, the museum features archaeological material that takes visitors back more than 1,000 years to the early days of Fijian culture.

Dining and Nightlife

Couples often opt to have a gourmet meal at one of the five-star resorts that dot Suva before heading out for a bit of nightlife. Dining choices abound with a wealth of local fresh seafood, Thai, Austral/Asian, Japanese Californian, Asian and Indian specialties. The Waterfall Restaurant and Bar (suvamotorinn.com), located at the Suva Motor Inn, features white flowing drapes and a wealth of candles. Dining takes place inside or out. It serves international cuisine and Thai specialties. After dining, you can take in the nightlife along Victoria Parade and Carnarvon Streets. As the night progresses, the clubs can become a little rough, so you should take a taxi back to your hotel room.

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